1. Afghan who stabbed refugee aid worker to death in Germany is cleared after court hears it was self-defence
An Afghan who stabbed a refugee aid worker to death in Germany has walked free from court after judges ruled he had acted in self-defence.
The 18-year-old defendant, named as Seyed M., was accused of manslaughter after 20-year-old Jose M. died in a park in Ochtrup, north-west Germany, last May in a row about a girl.
Prosecutors at the court in Münster had demanded a three-year jail sentence but judges ruled Seyed had been defending himself, Bild reported.
The court heard Jose had put the Afghan in a headlock and punched him in the face, and that Seyed had initially tried to defend himself more “mildly” with a glass bottle.
Mother of murdered refugee aid worker stabbed 6 times in heart, speaks out after court
2. Iran impatient to destroy Zionist regime: IRIAF commander
“Our current and future generations [in the air force] are impatient and fully ready to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the Earth,” Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh told YJC (Young Journalists Club) news agency.
“Our future generations are learning required know-how for the promised day to destroy Israel,” he added.
Fadaian-e Harim-e Velayat (Defenders of Velayat Sanctuary) military drills displayed Iran’s readiness to counter any threat, he said, adding that enemies don’t dare attack the country since they are aware of Iranian forces power and readiness.
3. GERMANY: Police stand by as Antifa block voters from approaching AfD information booth
Antifa blocked the AfD’s information booth in the lead-up to local elections. Watch as one man attempted to ask the protesters what gives them the right to interfere with people expressing an opinion, and what this says about the Left’s understanding of democracy.
4. Oxford Professor challenges Economist TV show host’s narrative on the economic benefits of mass migration
It gets awkward in the studio of the Economist when the invited guest, an Oxford professor, dares the criticize their unbalanced view on the benefits of mass immigration to #GreatBritain for the native Brittons.— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) January 12, 2019
He gives the example of London, pointing to #PopulationReplacement pic.twitter.com/1jy7aqlf9Z
Related: Paul Collier Professor of Economics and Public Policy on his new book, “Exodus”
5. Turkish doner kebab chef is arrested on suspicion of slicing his DAUGHTER into pieces
A Turkish doner kebab chef has been arrested on suspicion of slicing his belly-dancer daughter to pieces in Keslan, northwestern Turkey.
Hasan Uslu is suspected of killing the 32-year-old and cutting her limb-from-limb after a furious argument last month.
The kebab cook was arrested after the dancer's arm was found in local woodland by a man collecting pine cones near a local mosque on January 9. [...]
Uslu claims Didem insulted him and insulted his wife and then he strangled her on December 14, the Turkish daily reported.
6. France summons Italian envoy after Di Maio's “unacceptable” Africa comments
France has summoned Italy’s ambassador to protest about comments by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, who accused Paris of continuing to colonise Africa and causing people to migrate from the continent.
The ambassador was summoned on Monday after the “unacceptable and groundless” comments by Di Maio on Sunday, a source in the cabinet of France’s Europe Minister Natalie Loiseau told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Di Maio made a series of incendiary remarks while visiting the Abruzzo region in central Italy, the latest sign of serious tensions between the populist government in Rome and France’s centrist leader Emmanuel Macron.
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7. Campos-Duffy: “Very clear” that anti-Semitism accusations affected Women's March turnout
Fox Nation host Rachel Campos-Duffy said Sunday it was clear that accusations of anti-Semitism by the leaders of the Women's March affected the event's turnout.
8. Egypt TV host Mohamed al-Ghiety jailed for interviewing gay man
An Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to one year of hard labour for interviewing a gay man last year.
A court in Giza also fined Mohamed al-Ghiety 3,000 Egyptian pounds ($167; £130) for “promoting homosexuality” on his privately owned LTC TV channel.
The gay man, whose identity was hidden, had talked about life as a sex worker.
Homosexuality is not explicitly criminalised in Egypt, however, the authorities have been increasingly cracking down on the LGBT community.
They routinely arrest people suspected of engaging in consensual homosexual conduct on charges of "debauchery", immorality or blasphemy. [...]
Egypt's top media body, the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, immediately took the channel off air for two weeks, citing “professional violations.”
9. Pre-Davos poll: 70% of Italians say immigration is “mostly bad”
The World Economic Forum (WEF) released the results of a survey Sunday, just before its annual summit in Davos, showing that more than two thirds of Italians consider immigration to be “mostly bad” for the country.
“The rise of populism, nationalism and protectionism are all associated with waning support for globalization,” WEF declares on its website, while claiming that its new poll “shows high levels of support worldwide for international collaboration, immigration, and the personal benefits from globalization.”
The poll, commissioned for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2019 and conducted in January by the Qualtrics polling firm, does in fact indicate that a strong majority of citizens of Egypt, India, and Saudi Arabia consider immigration to be net positive for the nation.
The results are very different for Europe, however, which has suffered an ongoing immigration crisis going back to 2014.
10. Kirk Woodman, Canadian kidnapped in Burkina Faso, found dead
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland calls Halifax man's death a "terrible, terrible crime."
A Canadian kidnapped in Burkina Faso has been found dead, says his family, two days after he was abducted.
Kirk Woodman, originally from Halifax, was abducted Tuesday night by a dozen gunmen at a mining site owned by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals in Tiabongou, near the border with Niger, in an area the government says is under growing threat from armed jihadists.
Woodman's son Matt, a CTV reporter based in Edmonton, told CBC News the family found out Thursday morning.